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Snake bites Gold Coast teen on thumb

A young man has been rushed to hospital after being bitten by a snake on the Gold Coast.

The male, aged in his late teens, was bitten on the thumb by the slithering serpent at a location on the Gold Coast Highway and Hooker Boulevard in Broadbeach.

Queensland Ambulance crews were called to the scene just before 6.00am this morning.

The man was treated by paramedics before being taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

It’s not known what type of snake bit the man.

He is understood to be in a stable condition.

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Gold Coast named as State’s theft hotspot

All Gold Coasters are being warned to be extra vigilant heading into the festive season, with the region named as the worst location for car and home thefts.

Almost 400 cars have been stolen from the Coast since 2015, with 650 homes burgles.

RACQ spokesperson Kristy Clinton said we need to be alert.

“This data proves the Gold Coast is a hot spot for criminals,” Ms Clinton said.

“Local residents need to be vigilant about home and car security to ensure they’re not victims in the future.”

She added a significant number of these thefts were from opportunistic thieves and there is some simple measure you can take to avoid being targeted.

“Always lock your car doors and keep the windows up, park in a secure garage or well-lit, well-populated location and never leave valuables on display in your vehicle,” Ms Clinton said.

“When it comes to your home, lock your doors, consider investing in an alarm or sensor light, and if you trust your neighbours, ask them to be on the lookout when you’re away.”

Top five locations for car theft claims (1 January 2015 – 31 December 2017):

  1. Gold Coast – 382 claims
  2. Logan – 280 claims
  3. Townsville – 224 claims
  4. Moreton Bay – 215 claims
  5. Brisbane South – 174 claims.

Top five locations for home burglary claims (1 January 2015 – 31 December 2017):

  1. Gold Coast – 647 claims
  2. Logan – 627 claims
  3. Moreton Bay – 511 claims
  4. Brisbane South – 507 claims
  5. Ipswich – 313 claims.
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Mayor Tom Tate fined and ordered to undergo counselling over misconduct ruling

Mayor Tom Tate has been fined and will have to undergo counselling after being found guilty of misconduct over a social media post about a fellow Gold Coast Councillor.

Hinterland Councillor Glenn Tozer made a complaint earlier this year after Cr Tate took to his Facebook page, accusing him of not being transparent about a Masters degree he had been doing, alleging ratepayers were being forced to pay most of it.

The post read “as the pub testers would say ‘Stop the rorts!’” and “it’s another nose in the trough by a politician”.

Cr Tozer claims he had sought advice from CEO Dale Dickson about the course, took appropriate subjects in financial literacy that would benefit his role as Councillor and all budget allocations were made public.

Today, the Local Government Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal ruled the Mayor made untrue and unreasonable comments in his post and ordered the Mayor to attend counselling, focusing on his use of social media.

He was also required to pay a fine of $1250 to Council.

Gold Coast lake to undergo $97,000 water quality trial

The Gold Coast’s Lake Hugh Muntz will be closed to the public for a week as council trials a new product hoping to rid the lake of algae blooms.

It’s understood City of Gold Coast will test an all-natural product called Phoslock®, which has been used in hundreds of lakes around the world, including Australia.

Around 36 tonnes will be sprayed onto the surface, settling in the lake. Water from the lake will be drawn into the spray system to dilute the product.

Deputy Mayor Donna Gates said there’s “no guarantee it will work” but said council was “committed to trying to improve the long-term water quality at Lake Hugh Muntz”.

It’s understood the trial is part of a $100,000 investment to improve the lake’s water quality, which has been impacted from an increase in nutrient-rich run-off from surrounding properties as well as warmer weather.

“The $97,000 trial will determine the performance of the product and better inform options for long-term lake management,” Deputy Mayor Gates said.

The lake will be closed from 10 – 17 December.

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Man charged with shooting neighbour in leg during dispute

A MAN is due to appear in court today after he allegedly shot his neighbour in the leg during a heated dispute in South East Queensland.

The frightening scenes unfolded at a home in Rosewood, Ipswich around 1.30pm on Sunday.

“Officers were called to an Albert Street property after a 43-year-old Brassall man had allegedly been shot by another man following a verbal altercation,” Qld police confirmed in a statement.

The man was treated at the scene before being rushed to hospital with a non-life-threatening leg injury.

A 31-year-old local man was taken into custody at a neighbouring property a short time later.

During a search of his home, police allegedly found heroin, methylamphetamine cash and a rifle.

He was charged with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm, dangerous conduct with a weapon, unlawful possession of a category H weapon, unlawful possession of explosives (ammunition), possession of property suspected of being the proceeds of crime (cash) and two counts of possession of dangerous drugs.

The man has been denied police bail and is due to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court today.

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